The man unwittingly responsible for the career of many a Japanese-English translator, has just turned 60.
Happy Birthday Haruki Murakami.
Perfect way to celebrate his birthday and the new year: buy one of these things. I rate it just above a Gossip Girl soundtrack in "invitations to get slapped," but with it you'll never be far from a non sequiter about cats or ex-girlfriends. Nor will you be very far from the Japanese flag which adorns its cover...(did Random House UK do any research beyond inferring from his name that he's Japanese, when they made this thing?)